Book Awards

The NWT Writers’ Society offers two annual book awards that recognize the best the NWT has to offer. Established in 2010 the NorthWords Book award recognizes an outstanding book, set in the North and published by an NWT author in the previous year. In 2017, with funding from NT Power Corporation, the NorthWords Youth Book Award was created to recognize outstanding youth literature. Winners are announced during the festival at the NorthWords Gala. Both book awards include a $1,000 prize for the winner.

Please contact NorthWords for more information and/or if you wish to apply, at

2018 Winners

When We Play Our Drums, They Sing

by Richard Van Camp
Published by Mckellar and Martin

Reawakening our Ancestors Line

by Angela Hovak Johnson
Published by Inhabit Media

Previous Recipients

  • How the Raven Returned the Sun by Crystal Doherty and Carla Taylor (2017)
  • Ramshackle by Alison McCreesh (2016)
  • Kinds of Winter by Dave Olesen (2015)
  • One of the most busiest ports in the North by Sandra Dolan (2014)
  • Nighthawk! by Jamie Bastedo (2013)
  • Body Trade by Margaret Macpherson (2012)
  • The Caribou Feed Our Soul by Pete Enzoe and Mindy Willett (2011)
  • Myth of the Barrens by Bren Kolson (2010)